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Old 08-08-2012, 07:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wacky Rigging For Bass
While bass-chasers have been wacky-rigging for a few years, this is still a fairly new technique in many areas. I had a chance to become pretty familiar with wacky-rigging for largemouth bass on a recent fishing trip. We caught lots of bass, and we caught a good number of nice bass including quite a few in the 17 to 19-inch range.

We got on the water early in the afternoon. Skies were high and so were the air temperatures. We started fishing a deep weedline. Typically this is a jig-worm location, and that's what I started with. My fishing partner said he was going to use a jig also, but he was going to wacky rig it. With a jig-worm, you thread the worm onto the jig through the nose and into the body a couple of inches. When wacky-rigging, you hook the worm right in the middle-the ends dangle free. This gives the worm a different action; it wiggles and waves as it sinks, the loose ends flutter at the slightest twitch of the rod. That different action was what the bass wanted on that lake on that day. We caught most of our bass on small jigs with worms rigged wacky style on eight pound test monofilament.

Late in the afternoon we switched lakes. We fished around reeds in water two to four feet deep. In this lake we used larger worm hooks that were weedless and weightless. We rigged them wacky style, and used 16- and 30-pound-test braided line so we could get the bass away from the rushes when they bit. We cast to the pockets and points in the rushes, and since we were using no weight, we waited for the worm to sink a bit. We usually started our retrieve a couple of seconds after the worm hit the water. The retrieve was a gentle stroking retrieve. The bite was a soft tap, and we got lots of soft taps before the sun went down. The unweighted presentation is ideal for wacky-rigging because the slow fall of the writhing worm is a real turn-on for the fish.

The next morning we went after smallmouth bass with drop-shot rigs. Again, we rigged smaller plastic baits wacky style on the drop-shot rig, and again, we had good action. Drop-shotting is another ideal wacky-rig tactic-just wiggling the rod tip brings the suspended worm to life, and it's presented up off the bottom where the fish can see it.

We tried a good number of different worms and different colors. Five inch Impulse Dip-Stick worms in the camo color were very good. These worms are quite soft and provide good action in the water.

Fish become conditioned to any presentation after awhile. A wacky presentation is something they haven't seen much of on many bodies of water. However, they're going to see this presentation a lot more on waters that I fish. I've seen firsthand how effective this out-of-the-ordinary presentation is.

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The wacky-rig is a plastic worm impaled through the center. Most anglers prefer the "stick" type worms for this type of rig--the loose ends wave and wiggle as the rig sinks. (Photo by Bob Jensen)
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Thanks, Iamski. Good review for us all, good info for the newest bassers and good stuff for the archives.

By the way, a Trick Worm is also a sweet wacky bait. Seedless watermelon in clear water is a blast.
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Great post Matt!! I really love this style fishing, it works great here around scattered grass close to deep water. Its one of the few presentation I can get them to bite when the water is really clear.
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Wacky is one of my favorite. I have the same hook and they work very well ...... caught a few rigged like that
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Great wacky review. I to am a member of the wacky crowd
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Good Review on Wacky rigging!
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I've had great luck this year "J-Rigging" my wacky set ups...I've become a huge fan of using lead tape to get just the right amount of weight I want to use on any given day.



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Wacky has been a standard for a very long time and is still very effective, and it works skipped under docks also.
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http://www.bigbitebaits.com/Wackystick.htm
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Big Bite is quickly becoming one of my favorites, Brother Tex. thanks for the heads up!
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